[Windermere, England. Photo credit is mine]
On May 22, my wife and I will board an American Airlines flight to Paris. This is not something new. Every few years, we travel to Europe (mostly Paris) and end up with friends in Dorset, England.
Nothing so very earthshaking about this. But, there is something different about this trip abroad. On May 1, Mariam and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. How she stayed with me for a quarter of a century is a mystery to me, but apparently not to her. So, when we began planning our 2018 trip, we decided to do something different. First of all, I’m taking her to Bruges, Belgium. I spent a weekend there in the mid-1980’s and as I walked beside the canals, I was nearly in tears. Why, I asked myself, couldn’t everyplace in the world be this beautiful?
The other new stop on our trip is Edinburgh. I was there in the 1970’s, but I have few memories of the place. I recall it being dark, somewhat dreary and quite chilly.
The rest of the trip will take us through Yorkshire (and hopefully some hiking, although my right foot and back are problematic). We will end up in my favorite county, Dorset. Visit friends, perhaps climb the Tor in Glastonbury, see a few English cathedrals, and find a few new paths to walk.
[Helpful guidebooks. Photo is mine.]
But, being our 25th, we decided to cough up a few extra quid and take the long way home. On July 1, hopefully with my son waiting at the Hudson Pier, we will have completed a Trans-Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2.
Don’t get me wrong here. It’s a lot less expensive that you can quite imagine. And, besides, how many times will we do this again? We have never been on a cruise of any kind. We deserve it, I think. I’ll let you know when the bills start coming in.
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[Photo credit: Google search and probably Cunard.]